The flag is now at half-staff at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club where 36-year-old Jacqueline Barthelemy worked as an Executive Chef.
Her co-worker and close friend, Michelle DeRoche worked beside her for years. The women vacationed together, worked late nights, and squeezed two chairs into Jackie’s tiny office so they could chat throughout the day.
“She was my work daughter,” DeRoche told CBS12 News.
“She was just this amazing person and such a beautiful professional woman. There were two sides to Jackie, her family was number one, and her professional goals were number two.”
The night she was murdered, Jackie had just served dinner for the first time in months since the coronavirus pandemic forced the Mayacoo dining room shut. DeRoche said she was thrilled to be back in the kitchen doing what she loved that night.
“It was family work and home and nothing else mattered,” she told CBS12 News.
But over the weekend, Jackie stopped for gas between her two favorite places- work and home.
She stopped at a Chevron station off of A1A and was murdered in cold blood during a robbery inside the store.
DeRoche says her entire “work family” is still in shock, but she is determined to make Barthelemy’s memory “mean something.”
Police are still searching for a second suspect and ask anyone with information to contact the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department at 561-799-4445 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS (8477).
Coach Louie Siciliano, who coached Jackie’s 13-year-old son’s club baseball team, sent a letter to the entire Vipers Sports Academy organization:
Dear Viper Family and Friends,
By now you may or may not have heard of the horrific robbery attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida last Friday night (9/11/2020) at the Chevron gas station where 36 year old Jackie Barthelemy lost her life as a victim of gun violence in a robbery.
Jackie is the mother of Viper’s 14u North player – Trenton Rodriguez. Jackie (looking for a good team for Trenton to play on) was told by a good friend to take Trenton to the Vipers Baseball Club where he would be well trained by Coach Louie and the Vipers coaching staff. She was excited to know the Vipers would help Trenton learn to be a good baseball player. Jackie was extremely grateful for the Vipers and loved showing her support at practices and games. Trenton called Coach Louie Saturday afternoon to express his feelings and his need to play in the game on Sunday because he said his mom would have wanted him to play. Trenton played a good game for his mom and team, although it was quite difficult for all of us.
We would like to request financial help for Trenton and his family. The year 2020 has been difficult for a lot of people. It is a tough time to request any type of donation, but we feel this is the right thing to do for the Barthelemy family. Even if you can only donate $20, it would be greatly appreciated.
Financial donations to help with funeral expenses, Trenton’s education, and family needs etc. can be made to Vipers Memorial Fund/Jackie Barthelemy.
You may go directly to PNC Bank and make the deposit yourself to Account #1238849017
PNC Bank: Vipers Memorial Fund/Jackie Barthelemy Account #1238849017
Questions or help with making your donation, you can contact Miss Vickie at: 513-545-6864
Checks can also be made out to the Vipers Memorial Fund/Jackie Barthelemy account and sent to:
Vipers Memorial Fund
384 Prestwick Circle #2
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
On behalf of the Viper Organization, I want to thank you for your love and support.